Project Description

The DNA & Life educational program is based on one of the newest DNA methods for examining biodiversity. DNA & Life is a unique citizen science project where high school students map selected aquatic animals in Denmark by analyzing environmental DNA (eDNA) collected in fresh, salt, and brackish water.

DNA & Life brings high school students up close to research and into the inner workings of scientists in the museum's DNA laboratory, DNAlab. Here, they participate in developing methods and collecting and analysing data and samples for use in research and management. Read some of the published scientific research HERE.

DNA & Life is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and conducted in collaboration with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, where DNA & Life examines Danish bodies of water to find environmental DNA. The goal is to detect the spread of selected non-native species.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency works on various initiatives, including securing Danish nature from invasive species. High school students can assist with this effort by collecting environmental DNA in the field and conducting laboratory analyses of these samples in our DNAlab.

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Current Project Impact

The following scores were calculated using a statistically-driven machine-learning approach, a type of AI that learns to perform a task by analysing patterns in data. This is an experimental approach to citizen-science impact assessment, and the exact reasoning behind the scores is not explainable. The scores represent a best guess of the impact the project is having in each domain. Scores are recalculated and updated when “View impact report” is clicked.

Society 38 Society 38 Governance 24 Governance 24 Economy 20 Economy 20 Environment 40 Environment 40 Science 23 Science 23 max. 42
Total Score 29/42
Domain Progress

Proportion of questions answered in each domain.

  • 100% General (13/13)
  • 0% Economy (0/31)
  • 0% Environment (0/30)
  • 0% Governance (0/43)
  • 0% Science and technology (0/39)
  • 0% Society (0/67)